UMW Honors Longtime Supporters


UMW honored two members of the Mary Washington community during a dedication ceremony for the President’s Box held November 15, 2014, at the Anderson Center. Paul A. Dresser Jr. and his wife Julie W. Baxter of Williamsburg, Va., were recognized for inspiring, supporting, and advancing UMW students and programs through service and giving. Paul’s involvement with Mary Washington began in the early 1990s as the parent of an enrolled student. He served on the Mary Washington Board of Visitors from 1992 to 2000, including two years as Vice Rector and four years as Rector. He then served on the UMW Foundation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2014, leading as Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee. In addition to his dedicated work on the BOV and the UMW Foundation Board, Paul and his family are supporters of the Fund for Mary Washington, members of the UMW Heritage Society, and donors to multiple Dresser family scholarships. In support of the Mary Washington … [Read more...]

Simpson Circle Welcomes New Members


Current and past members of the UMW Board of Visitors gathered February 20, 2014, at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center to recognize the service of  former board members Pamela J. White '74, Daniel K. Steen '84, and Mary Jones Berry. The three retiring board members were officially inducted into the Simpson Circle. President Richard V. Hurley shared important university updates with the group. Following all festivities, members of the Simpson Circle and current Board of Visitors members attended a performance of Always ... Patsy Cline, a student production at Klein Theatre in duPont Hall. The concept for the Simpson Circle was originated and approved by former Board of Visitors Rectors – and was then officially established by a BOV resolution in April 2012. The name of the group was chosen, of course, to honor Grellet C. Simpson -- former Chancellor and Mary Washington’s fourth president. It was under his watch in 1972 when legislation was signed to establish Mary Washington’s … [Read more...]

2013 Donor Appreciation Luncheon

2013 Donor Appreciation

On April 6, more than 200 donors and students gathered at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center for the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. (Click below to see video highlights.) Guests enjoyed a special Student Showcase in the Mayo Courtyard. The lunch program featured speeches by UMW Foundation Chair Kathy Mehfoud '70, UMW President Richard Hurley, Robert Strassheim ’96, Sarah Strassheim ’01, and Karmel James ’13.  Anissa Felix ’13 entertained guests with two musical performances, and Haley Campbell ’13 brought most everyone to tears as she read a special poem about her upcoming graduation. Keepsake photos of donors and recipients were taken in front of Kalnen Inn. Hosted by the Office of University Advancement, the annual event honored Scholarship donors and members of the Heritage and Washington Societies. … [Read more...]

The Simpson Circle

The Simpson Circle

The Simpson Circle recognizes former members of the UMW Board of Visitors. In February, 2013, all members were invited to attend a special reception and program at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Outgoing members of the Board of Visitors were inducted into the Simpson Circle. Following the reception, all attended a Great Lives Lecture in Dodd Auditorium.   … [Read more...]

Arts & Absinthe

Arts & Absinthe

Supporters of Arts for the Community attended a special event at Brompton on May 18, 2012.   Click the arrow to start video. For full screen, also click the small box on the far right. After viewing video, you may watch it again, by clicking the circular arrow on the far left. … [Read more...]

Saying Thank You in a Big Way

National Philanthropy Day

UMW students, faculty, and staff took time to sign the Spirit Rock Tuesday, November 15, in recognition of National Philanthropy Day. Sponsored by the UMW Student Philanthropy Council and the Office of Advancement, the event showcased the many ways in which private gifts enhance the Mary Washington experience. Students placed gift tags in front of buildings, benches, and other physical features to highlight the impact of private donations. Signs with specific giving statistics told the story behind scholarships and other private gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. National Philanthropy Day is hosted around the world as a way for charities and nonprofit organizations to show appreciation for the gifts they receive throughout the year. For more information about the UMW Student Philanthropy Council, contact the Office of Advancement at or 540/654-1024. … [Read more...]

Seminar Room Named for Dr. Crawley

Crawley Room Dedication

In September, UMW dedicated the William B. Crawley, Jr. Seminar Room in the newly renovated Monroe Hall. Theresa Young Crawley '77 and many friends and colleagues made gifts to dedicate the space in commemoration of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History Crawley's 40 years of service.  The gifts also funded the William B. Crawley, Jr. Endowment for Student Research. Enjoy highlights from the ceremony. If you are having difficulty viewing video on your iPad, please click here to see photos. … [Read more...]